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Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord


“Caravans of camels shall fill you, dromedaries from Midian and Ephah; All from Sheba shall come bearing gold and frankincense, and proclaiming the praises of the Lord” (Isaiah 60:6). “A star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel” (Numbers 24:17). “Epiphany or Theophany, means the Manifestation of God; today it is realized in Jesus who manifests Himself as God and Lord of... Read More

Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

January 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Prayer & Art, Solemnity


“At the beginning, at the center of the event of the Incarnation stands Mary, the perfect handmaid, who consents to become physically and spiritually the mother of her Son as well as of his work” (The Office of Peter and the Structure of the Church, Hans Urs Von Balthasar, 2007, Ignatius Press, San Francisco).  It is no surprise, then, that our Blessed Mother, the New Eve, is so prominently featured in the Christmas... Read More

Fire and Thorns: A Retreat Guide on the Sacred Heart of Jesus

June 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Resources, Retreat Guide, Solemnity

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Pope Benedict XVI called devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus “irreplaceably important.” Pope Pius XI called it “the very epitome of our religion.” Why is this devotion so central? And if it is, how are we supposed to tap into it and live it to the full? That’s what this month’s Retreat Guide, Fire and Thorns:  A Retreat Guide on the Sacred Heart of Jesus will explore. - In the First Meditation, we will ponder the... Read More

The Immaculate Conception

December 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Seasonal Meditations, Solemnity

The Immaculate Conception

Mary, crowned with living light, Temple of the Lord, Place of peace and holiness, Shelter of the Word. Mystery of sinless life In our fallen race, Free from shadow, you reflect Plenitude of grace. Virgin-Mother of our God, Lift us when we fall, Who were named upon the Cross Mother of us all. Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Heaven sings your praise; Mary magnifies your name Through eternal days.   Liturgy of the Hours About Dan BurkeDan... Read More